1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Hawkesworth

M. Macgreggor, Esq., in "The Battle of the Busts" Hibernian Magazine 8 (April 1778) 195.



Above him make room for a prouder than he,
(If, dead or alive, any prouder can be)
A very phenomenon! — Heaven's our protector!—
A bard that was, also, an India Director;
Rara avis in terris, so like a black swan,
By Kenrick's keen goose quill cut up, dead and gone,
Poor Hawksworth, th' advent'rer, of whom Jemmy Twitcher
The vanity tickled, by tickling his pitcher;
A milk sop, that dar'd, as is left on record,
His GOD to give up, to get drunk with a Lord.